King's Lynn Town dealt a huge injury blow ahead of a crucial run of National League North games
King's Lynn Town have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of a crucial run of National League North fixtures.
The Linnets have been rocked by the news that skipper Michael Clunan has fractured his right fibula and faces anything between six and ten weeks on the sidelines.
The long-serving midfielder had to be replaced after suffering the injury during the early stages of Saturday's FA Trophy clash against Dover Athletic at The Walks.
Clunan, who visited the fracture clinic yesterday, said: "I'm in a temporary cast for three weeks and will undergo another X-ray after that.
"It's still early days but I could be looking at anything between six and ten weeks out.
"It really is a tough one to take and we've got a lot of injuries at the moment. It couldn't have come at a worse time.
"To start with I just thought it was bruising or swelling, but it didn't settle down and I went to the fracture clinic on Wednesday.
"It's one of those things that you have to deal with in football, but I will be back before the end of the season."
The 25-year-old will miss both games against his former club Boston United, as well as huge home fixtures against Spennymoor Town and York City in January.
It's the second major injury setback that the Lynn-born playmaker has suffered in the last few seasons.
Back in 2018, Clunan missed the tail end of the campaign and the Southern League play-off final against Slough Town at The Walks after fracturing his metatarsal against Kettering Town.
Lynn's injury woes are showing no signs of easing going into a critical part of the campaign.
The Lynn trio of Chris Smith, Ryan Fryatt and Chris Henderson were all sidelined through injury going into the Dover Athletic game.
As well as losing Clunan, Ryan Hawkins and Ryan Jarvis both limped off to join him on the treatment table.
Goalkeeper Alex Street played through the pain barrier with a dislocated finger and a throat infection, Ross Barrows featured despite having a virus and Jordan Richards was also carrying a knock.
Meanwhile, reserve team midfielder and future prospect Luke Johnson has joined Step 3 team Leiston on a months loan.
Director of Football Robbie Back said: "This is great opportunity for Luke for his development and will gain valuable experience at Leiston and I know Glen Driver (manager) will help his game.
"Luke has have a bright future ahead with club and we all wish him well."
Johnson recently signed a two-year deal with the club along with Joe Taylor.
Natty Stewart has returned to the club from his month loan with Leiston and featured for the reserves last week at Sudbury.